There was an articles today on the Silicon Republic website about the use of ICT in Schools. They are finding fantastic results where ICT has been incorporated into the Curriculum. I think most telling is this section of the article;
“Crucially, they do not view ICT as a separate subject with a focus on equipping students with basic computer skills; rather, they integrate ICT right throughout the curriculum, thereby equipping their pupils with the digital literacy skills so vital for progression in 21st-century life.
This integration of ICT in the Curriculum is something I have seen a lot of in the UK, but hasn’t quite caught on here yet – no doubt due in part to the lack of funding from the Government. However I think there are plenty of ways for schools to start the process before major money needs to be invested. – Ever thought of getting your students to make a facebook profile of a famous historical figure?
Dartfish (Video Analysis) is being used in nearly 2,000 schools in the UK. Originally it was something that started off as purely a PE tool but has grown into a truly Cross-Curricular tool now. Being used in subjects like Drama, Music, French, Geography, Woodwork etc…
For some great examples you could check out the Dartfish Education Channel.